Bottle with Snake-Thread Decoration

Object Name: 
Bottle with Snake-Thread Decoration

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Object Name: 
Bottle with Snake-Thread Decoration
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Overall H: 13.1 cm, Diam (max): 6.3 cm
On Display
Credit Line: 
Purchased in part with funds from the Arthur Rubloff Residuary Trust
Web Description: 
Many glass vessels with the same color scheme and similar snake-thread decoration have been found in Cologne, Germany, where they were probably made.
Blok, W. Bastiaan, Source
Reimbold, Ernst, Former Collection
Primary Description: 
Colorless, with gilded colorless, opaque white, and opaque light blue trails. Blown; applied. Bottle with pear-shaped body. Rim plain, with slightly irregular rounded lip; neck narrow, tapering and then expanding to merge with body; upper wall is straight and, below mid-point, curves down and in; base consists of hollow foot ring made by folding; pontil mark. Decorated on neck and wall. At narrowest part of neck, horizontal blue trail wound in two revolutions. On wall, continuous frieze with no upper border but lower border, near foot, consisting of horizontal white trail wound one and one-quarter times around body. Frieze contains four principal motifs: ivy leaves shown in outline with long, curving stalks; two blue motifs alternate with two white ones. All outlines are notched. Between tips of each pair of leaves and above each stalk, one small gilded colorless tendril consisting of two opposed spirals emerging from short stem.
Ancient and Islamic Glass: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2019) illustrated, pp. 72-73;
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2007 (2008) illustrated, p. 8; BIB# AI90242
Masters of Studio Glass: Joel Philip Myers and Steven I. Weinberg (2007) illustrated, p. 11, bottom left; BIB# AI75855
Romische ausgrabungen Sammlung Ernst Reimbold, Koln und Anderer Besitz (1919) illustrated, p. 18, no. 520, tafel 1; BIB# 9909